C-GCC Addresses National Teacher Shortage

Written By Editor on 1/31/17 | 1/31/17

Columbia-Greene Community College has signed a new transfer agreement in
education with the College of Saint Rose as part of a statewide effort to
address an impending teacher shortage.

Last spring, State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and state
Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia launched a new campaign designed to
revamp the teaching profession. Part of the plan includes recruiting future
teachers while they are still in high school.

"That's where we come in," said C-GCC's Education Coordinator Bill Mathews,
who is also the college's advising department chairperson. "We're continuing
our plans to establish a strong pathway to the profession."

In addition to new and existing transfer agreements in the field of
education with Saint Rose, the Greenport campus has a dual enrollment
agreement in education with SUNY New Paltz.

Since 2009, teacher preparation programs in the state have seen a 40 percent
enrollment drop. According to a recent report by the TeachNY Advisory
Council, the state needs an average of 1,700 new teachers annually to
address the shortage. Nationwide, approximately 1.6 million teachers will be
needed over the next decade.

C-GCC's latest transfer agreement, enables its students who earn an
associate degree in childhood education to transfer seamlessly to the Saint
Rose bachelor of science in special education/childhood education programs
in biology, English, mathematics or social studies. The agreement spells out
the specific courses that students should complete at Columbia-Greene and
their equivalents at Saint Rose. Graduates of the Columbia-Greene childhood
education program will enter Saint Rose with junior status.

To help transfer students financially, Saint Rose offers guaranteed two-year
undergraduate academic scholarships to those who have achieved superior
grade-point averages for all previous college work. Scholarships range up to
$14,500 per year. Transfer students who are current members of Phi Theta
Kappa national honor society are eligible for an additional $1,000 each
year.

Meanwhile, Columbia-Greene and Saint Rose continue to explore opportunities
for agreements between additional programs of study. C-GCC already has 10
articulation agreements with Saint Rose, covering majors such as computer
science, criminal justice, business administration and other programs.

For more information about these and other transfer agreements, visit
www.mycommunitycollege.com  or www.strose.edu/transfer , or call the
admissions office at either C-GCC, (518) 828-4181, extension 5514, or Saint
Rose, (518) 454-5150. By e-mail, write to info@sunycgcc.edu or
hoganr@strose.edu
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Cuomo Statement Rips Trump Abortion Stance

Written By Editor on 1/30/17 | 1/30/17

The following was a statement from Governor Cuomo today:

Today I was proud to stand with Planned Parenthood and activists for women's rights from across the state.

In keeping with New York’s tradition of standing up for women’s rights, I pledged that all we have achieved for women in New York will never be undone. In fact, we are taking the fight even further.

I’m proposing a constitutional amendment to once and for all guarantee a woman’s right to choose in New York by enshrining the protections established by the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling into the New York State Constitution.

We have made tremendous progress and no matter what happens at the federal level, I promise you we won’t go back.

Add your name now to support my proposal for a constitutional amendment protecting a woman's right to choose in New York. Adding your name only takes a moment, but sends a powerful message that you believe in protecting the rights of women in New York.

As Washington seeks to limit women's rights, we will protect them. ​We will not allow the progress of the women's movement to be stopped, and we must seize this opportunity to bring the state and the nation forward and stand up for women's health. Make no mistake, we will always protect the right to choose in New York.

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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

At 5:55 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Jason D. Shorb, 38, of Cobleskill, NY, on an Arrest Warrant for Criminal Contempt.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on No Bail.  He is to appear in Schoharie County Court at a later date.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

At 1:57 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested David Jutrenka, 57, of Cobleskill, NY, for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and other vehicle and traffic tickets.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $1000 Bail / $2000 Bond.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on February 7th at 5:00 p.m.

At 5:53 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Theodore Manigo, 38, of Schenectady, NY, on a Bench Warrant for Failing to appear for a court date.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $250 Bail / $500 Bond.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on February 7th at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

At 7:52 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Raymond Zabawa, 32, of Cobleskill, NY, for Stalking 4th.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and released.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on February 14th at 5:00 p.m.

At 4:52 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Pedro Luis Crespo Cardenas, 44, of Houston, TX, for Petit Larceny.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $2000 Bail / $4000 Bond.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on February 7th at 5:00 p.m.

At 4:52 p.m Cobleskill Police arrested Pedro Ibanez Bejerano, 47, of Houston, TX, for Petit Larceny.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $2000 Bail / $4000 Bond. He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on February 7th at 5:00 p.m.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

At 1:00 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Emily A. Anger, 20, of Atlanta, NY, for Violation of the Village Noise Ordinance.  She was issued an appearance ticket and released.  She is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on February 16th at 10:00 a.m.

At 1:00 a.m.  Cobleskill Police arrested Emily E. Ketchum, 21, of Cobleskill, NY, for Violation of the Village Noise Ordinance.  She was issued an appearance ticket and released.  She is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on February 16th at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

At 12:40 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Alexis Solomon, 18, of Newburgh, NY, for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on February 21st at 5:00 p.m.

At 12:40 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Kiyon Dye, 18, of New York, NY, for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on February 21st at 5:00 p.m.

At 12:40 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Marquis Thompson, 18, of Schenectady, NY, for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on February 21st at 5:00 p.m.

At 12:40 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Nathaniel Aguilar, 18, of Bronx, NY, for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on February 21st at 5:00 p.m.


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SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tiger Weekly Recap

Written By Editor on 1/29/17 | 1/29/17

The SUNY Cobleskill women’s basketball team posted three North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) home victories during the week defeating Cazenovia College on Wednesday 63-58 then beating The College of Saint Elizabeth on Saturday 69-62 before topping Penn College by a score of 56-46 on Sunday. Freshman Addy Lawson, Milford, N.Y., Milford High School, averaged 19.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game shooting 54.3% from the field and 82.6% from the free throw line as the Fighting Tigers improved to 11-7 overall including a 7-4 mark in NEAC play.

The Fighting Tiger men’s swimming & diving team posted a team score of 277 points to place third in a field of four teams at the 2017 Skidmore Sprint Invite hosted by Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Anthony McGorsik, East Hampton, N.Y. East Hampton High School, was the team’s top individual performer at the meet placing second overall in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.02 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 52.50 seconds.

Freshman thrower Thomas Coene, Ontario, N.Y., Thomas Webster High School, was the men’s indoor track & field team’s top finisher at the Utica College Pioneer Invitational #3 hosted by the Pioneers at their Todd & Jenn Hutton Recreation Center in Utica, N.Y. on Saturday. Coene met the New York State College Track Conference (NYSCTC) provisional qualifying standard in the 35 lbs. weight throw with a toss of 46' 8 ¾".

The women’s swimming & diving team posted a team total of 145 points to place fourth in a field of five teams at the 2017 Skidmore Sprint Invite hosted by Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon. Junior Danielle Hoyt, Wolcott, N.Y., North Rose-Wolcott, was the team’s top individual finisher at the event placing third in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 35.03 seconds.

Sophomore Kristina Langston, Cornwall, N.Y., Cornwall High School, Fighting Tiger women’s indoor track & field team’s top individual finisher at the  Utica College Pioneer Invitational #3 hosted by the Pioneers at their Todd & Jenn Hutton Recreation Center in Utica, N.Y. on Saturday. Langston placed sixth overall in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:29.39.

The Fighting Tiger men’s basketball team dropped three NEAC home contests during the week falling to Cazenovia College on Wednesday 79-57 then losing to The College of Saint Elizabeth on Saturday 79-73 then finally losing to Penn College by a score of 75-62 on Sunday. Senior swingman Joel Costello, Middleburgh, N.Y., Middleburgh High School/Tompkins-Cortland Community College, averaged 15.9 points and 10.0 rebounds for Cobleskill as the team fell to 2-15 overall including 2-9 in conference play.

UPCOMING HOME CONTESTS:

Men’s Basketball vs. Hamilton College 2/14, Penn State Berks 2/17, Lancaster Bible 2/18
Women’s Basketball vs. Penn State Berks 2/17, Lancaster Bible 2/18                                    
Lacrosse vs. Lyndon State @ Union College 2/26      

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Women's College Basketball: SUNY Cobleskill Tops Penn College 56-46

The SUNY Cobleskill women’s basketball team ran their current winning streak to five games on Sunday afternoon with a 56-46 win over visiting Penn College in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action. The win improves the Fighting Tigers’ overall record to 11-7 on the season including a 7-4 conference record while the Wildcats fall to 3-15 overall on the year with a 2-11 NEAC record.

On a night when neither team could connect from the outside, Penn College 18-for-50, 36.0%, Cobleskill 17-for-53, 32.1%, the Fighting Tiger defense forced 25 Wildcat turnovers which they turned into 23 important points on the afternoon.

Freshman guard Addy Lawson, Milford, N.Y., Milford High School, continued to be the key to the Orange & Black’s attack with a game high 17 points to go with four rebounds, four assists and four steals while senior forward Shelby Preston, Ravena, N.Y., Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, added 12 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocked shots to the team’s victory totals.

The Fighting Tigers will next be in action on Wednesday evening February 1st when they travel to Cazenovia, N.Y. for a NEAC meeting with the Wildcats of Cazenovia College beginning at 5:00 p.m.

FINAL BOX:

Penn College vs SUNY Cobleskill
01/29/17 12:00 P.M. at Iorio Gymnasium, Cobleskill, N.Y.
Newspaper Box Score
Penn College vs SUNY Cobleskill
01/29/17 12:00 P.M. at Iorio Gymnasium, Cobleskill, N.Y.
At Iorio Gymnasium, Cobleskill, N.Y.
SUNY COBLESKILL 56, PENN COLLEGE 46
PENN COLLEGE (2-11/3-15 NEAC)
Jane Herman 6-12 0-1 15; Gwendolyn Lavelle 4-13 2-4 11; Tiffany Brown 3-7
0-2 7; Alicia Ross 2-5 1-1 6; Alexis Trkula 2-7 0-0 4; Maddie Wenk 1-4 0-0
2; Kiara Ballard 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 18-50 4-10 46.
SUNY COBLESKILL (11-7/7-4  NEAC)
Addy Lawson 6-12 5-6 17; Shelby Preston 3-8 6-8 12; Ashley Creighton 3-11
2-2 9; Jocelyn Zaneski 2-3 2-3 6; Shaliyah Graham 2-8 0-2 5; Erica Cabrera
1-2 0-1 3; Tracy Anderson 0-2 2-4 2; Stacey Sprauge 0-2 2-4 2; Shiann Coons
0-3 0-0 0; Brianna Florian 0-1 0-0 0; Tegan Matthews 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-53
19-30 56.
Penn College..................   13   11   11   11  -   46
SUNY Cobleskill...............   15   16   14   11  -   56
3-point goals--Penn College 6-22 (Jane Herman 3-6; Alicia Ross 1-2; Tiffany
Brown 1-3; Gwendolyn Lavelle 1-7; Kiara Ballard 0-1; Maddie Wenk 0-2; Alexis
Trkula 0-1), SUNY Cobleskill 3-19 (Shaliyah Graham 1-3; Erica Cabrera 1-2;
Ashley Creighton 1-8; Shiann Coons 0-3; Addy Lawson 0-3). Fouled out--Penn
College-Alicia Ross, SUNY Cobleskill-Addy Lawson. Rebounds--Penn College 39
(Jane Herman 14), SUNY Cobleskill 37 (Shelby Preston 9). Assists--Penn
College 12 (Jane Herman 5), SUNY Cobleskill 9 (Addy Lawson 4). Total
fouls--Penn College 24, SUNY Cobleskill 18. Technical fouls--Penn
College-None, SUNY Cobleskill-None. A-119


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College Men's Basketball: SUNY Cobleskill Men's Basketball Falls at Home to Penn College 75-62

The SUNY Cobleskill men’s basketball team could not overcome a slow start and ended up on the losing end of a 75-62 score versus the visiting Wildcats of Penn College in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play on Sunday afternoon at the Iorio Gymnasium. The loss drops the Fighting Tigers to 2-15 overall on the campaign including a 2-9 mark in conference games while the Wildcats improve to 7-12 overall with a 5-9 record in NEAC action.

The Wildcats came out on fire offensively using long range shooting to jump out to an early 14-2 advantage which eventually led to a 39-24 lead at the half. The visors eventually pushed their lead to 19 points at 57-38 with 9:01 left in regulation before Cobleskill went on a 20-to-7 run highlighted by 15 points from senior swingman Joel Costello, Middleburgh, N.Y., Middleburgh High School/Tompkins-Cortland Community College, which cut the deficit to six points at 64-58 with 2:27 left to play. However down the stretch the visitors from Williamstown, Pa. outscored the Fighting Tigers 8-to-4 to put the game out of reach as secure the victory.

Joel Costello posted personal single game career highs in: points with 30, rebounds with 13, and steals with six to go with two assists and two blocked shots to key the comeback connecting on 10-of-20 field goal attempts including 3-of-5 from three point range along with a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line on the afternoon.

Senior guard Malik Chambers, West Point, N.Y., James I. O’Neil High School, was also a factor in the game for the home team with 17 points and four rebounds.

Cobleskill will next be in action on Wednesday February 1st when the team travels to Cazenovia, N.Y. to face NEAC rival Cazenovia College in conference action beginning at 7:00 p.m.

FINAL BOX:
Penn College vs SUNY Cobleskill
01/29/17 2:00 P.M. at Iorio Gymnasium, Cobleskill, N.Y.
Newspaper Box Score
Penn College vs SUNY Cobleskill
01/29/17 2:00 P.M. at Iorio Gymnasium, Cobleskill, N.Y.
At Iorio Gymnasium, Cobleskill, N.Y.
PENN COLLEGE 75, SUNY COBLESKILL 62
PENN COLLEGE (7-12/5-9 NEAC)
Erik Eichinger 7-14 4-4 24; Ben Sosa 9-11 4-9 22; Thomas Ross 3-10 3-4 10;
Erik Perry Jr 4-5 0-0 10; Jesse White 1-5 2-2 4; Marquis Delgado 1-4 0-0 3;
S Grant-Wheeler 1-1 0-0 2; Carson Garvis 0-1 0-2 0; Brandon Fedoriw 0-0 0-0
0; Frank Tuason 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-51 13-21 75.
SUNY COBLESKILL (2-15/2-9 NEAC)
Joel Costello 10-20 7-7 30; Malik Chambers 4-18 7-8 17; Devin Boyle 2-5 0-0
6; Quincey Miller 2-8 0-0 5; Roger Harris 1-1 0-0 2; Christian Cooper 1-6
0-0 2; Sammy Bovalino 0-0 0-0 0; Islam Mustafa 0-1 0-0 0; Shaquill Anthony
0-0 0-0 0; Kahlil Wilson 0-0 0-0 0; Kevin Johnston 0-4 0-0 0; Brian Jackson
0-7 0-0 0; Connor McCarthy 0-0 0-0 0; Kahleel Taylor 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-71
14-15 62.
Penn College..................   39   36  -   75
SUNY Cobleskill...............   24   38  -   62
3-point goals--Penn College 10-21 (Erik Eichinger 6-8; Erik Perry Jr 2-3;
Marquis Delgado 1-2; Thomas Ross 1-7; Carson Garvis 0-1), SUNY Cobleskill
8-32 (Joel Costello 3-5; Devin Boyle 2-4; Malik Chambers 2-11; Quincey
Miller 1-4; Islam Mustafa 0-1; Kevin Johnston 0-4; Brian Jackson 0-3).
Fouled out--Penn College-Erik Perry Jr, SUNY Cobleskill-Joel Costello; Brian
Jackson. Rebounds--Penn College 48 (Jesse White 14), SUNY Cobleskill 31
(Joel Costello 13). Assists--Penn College 21 (Marquis Delgado 7), SUNY
Cobleskill 13 (Quincey Miller 4; Kevin Johnston 4). Total fouls--Penn
College 17, SUNY Cobleskill 17. Technical fouls--Penn College-None, SUNY
Cobleskill-Brian Jackson. A-169

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New Harpersfield Barn Will Preserve Town's Rich History

By Liz Page

HARPERSFIELD — A lot more history will be preserved in the town of Harpersfield

with a new two-story barn where the Harpersfield Historical Society can store artifacts.

The new barn went up in the matter of a few days, according to Tom Kendall, president

of the HHS.

“We had a lot of people contacting us to donate buggies and carriages,” he said. “The

new building will allow us to accept those donations and it is all paid for by grants.”

Agriculture has been and continues to be a major part of the Harpersfield community and

preserving that rich history is the reason for the new barn. Its second floor will be used

for storage.

The barn sits across the parking lot from the existing museum building, just off state

Route 23 near the Harpersfield Post Office and along the roadway to the transfer station

near the Harpersfield Town Barn. It is an Amish barn constructed by Dream Buildings

and it went up in early October. HHS member Bill Boyle oversaw the project, which took

about a week.

The Harpersfield Historical Society’s newly constructed storage barn. Photo by Liz Page

The project isn’t yet complete, with a concrete floor and electrical wiring still needed

sometime in the future. Kendall said a lean-to at the side of the barn may be added as the

HHS looks to continue Harpersfield Days. The first one was held last year and involved

several organizations.


“So many people have come to us and asked us if we will have Harpersfield Days again.

We don’t yet know if the other organizations are interested yet, but we are looking at it

anyway. We are looking at a flea market type of event for the area as an annual day.”

As a matter of fact, programming over the next year (2018) will focus on that rich ag

history, said Kendall. They will continue the program on military history this year which

focuses on those connected to Harpersfield in any way who have served in the military.

“We are still looking for items and information on any wars or military conflicts,” said

Kendall.

The Amish barn as it was being constructed last October to house equipment and artifacts donated to the Harpersfield Historical Society.


The agricultural history will focus on farms from years ago and the farms still in

existence today in Harpersfield. It is also a geological thing for the town, with HHS

member Bill Nicholson researching the land and its formation. It will also feature

photographs and information about the ag industry and farms in the town.


The HHS is also looking to have a sign erected along state Route 23 so people know they

have the new buildings and are open over several weekends during warmer weather. “We

think that will bring us some more traffic. It will specifically indicate it is a museum. We

plan on opening the season over the Memorial Day weekend,” said Kendall.

A control room is also on the wish list for keeping sensitive items in a controlled

environment. That is the group’s Phase III construction project, the museum and the barn,

the first two phases.


Kendall said the group is continually looking for grants and brainstorming ideas to get

more people to come and visit. With about a dozen active volunteers the HHS is looking

at continuing to preserve the town’s history and the invitation is open to new members.

“We are all volunteers. No one gets paid,” said Kendall. “There is a lot of stuff to log in

and new stuff which comes in all the time. We also have people constantly contacting us

for information.

“We are looking at making this as useful as possible and save as much history of the

town of Harpersfield and family geneology as possible. We want it to be a resource for

the community.”


He points out that a number of other communities are offshoots from the town of

Harpersfield, which extended to the Pennsylvania border in the beginning.

“We would like to make Harpersfield an area people want to come to and visit and see

what we have,” said Kendall.


The invitation to join has been sent to town taxpayers in conjunction with the town

board’s approval, according to Nicholson. The HHS will provide a free one-year

membership, worth $5, to anyone mailing in the card. The mailing took place in December.


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DOT Funds Buntline Culvert

By Liz Page


STAMFORD – The Village of Stamford has received a $158,000 grant from the state

Department of Transportation to replace a culvert along Buntline Drive.

The funding has been made available through DOT’s Bridge NY Grant Program,

according to Linda Stratigos, grant writer.


The Village has been researching water tanks, steel versus concrete, to replace the

existing concrete storage tank on Kirkner Hill Road. The Village has received a state

grant for replacement of the tank along with a subsidized loan through the

Environmental Facilities Corp. revolving loan fund. Bell Engineering has been providing

engineering services for the project.


Trustees approved a motion to allow the Village attorney to pursue information about

providing Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) programs as a way of offering tax

incentives to entice new businesses. The incentive would be part of the economic

development program.


Minutes of a special Jan. 3 board meeting indicate the Comprehensive Planning

Committee has been established and has met with the planning consultant, Nan

Stolzenburg of Community Planning, to begin work on the plan. They have established

focus groups and the committee is currently in the data gathering phase. Once that phase

is complete there will be a public meeting inviting the participation of village residents

sometime over the next two months.


Code Enforcement Officer Tomi Tompkins reported his is ready to begin fire inspections

with 145 properties, which doesn’t include multiple units on some of those properties. He

said he would be doing the inspection on both Robinson Terrace facilities, the one on

state Route 23 partially located in the town of Harpersfield.


Trustees moving into an executive session to discuss public safety.


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SUNY Cobleskill Men's Swimming & Diving Places Third at Skidmore Sprint Invite

Written By Editor on 1/28/17 | 1/28/17

 In their regular season finale the SUNY Cobleskill men’s swimming & diving team posted a team total of 277 points to place third in a field of four teams at the Skidmore Sprint Invitational hosted by Skidmore College on Saturday afternoon at the Thoroughbreds’ Williamson Sports Center.

Sophomore diver Sam Datri, Ravena, N.Y., Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, was one of team’s top individual finisher placing second overall in the one-meter dive with a score of 212.70 points followed by his freshman teammate Jon Feil, Guilderland, N.Y., Guilderland High School, who placed third with a total of 148.55 points.

In the pool, the Orange & Black received a pair of second place finishes from junior Anthony McGorsik,  East Hampton, N.Y. , East Hampton High School, in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.02 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 52.50 seconds.

The Fighting Tigers will next be in action when they travel to the 2017 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Swimming & Diving Championships hosted by Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, N.Y. beginning on Friday February 10th thru Sunday February 12th.

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SUNY Cobleskill Women's Swimming & Diving Places Fourth at Skidmore Sprint Invite

In their final regular season event, the SUNY Cobleskill women’s swimming & diving team posted a team total of 145 points to place fourth overall in a field of five teams at the Skidmore Sprint Invitational hosted by Skidmore College on Saturday afternoon at the Thoroughbreds’ Williamson Sports Center.

The Fighting Tiger top individual efforts were posted by junior Danielle Hoyt, Wolcott, N.Y., North Rose-Wolcott, who placed third in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 35.03 seconds and by sophomore Emily Sugrue, Long Island City, N.Y. , The Renaissance Charter School, who placed third overall in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 27.03 seconds.

Cobleskill will next be in action at the 2017 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Swimming & Diving Championships hosted by Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, N.Y. beginning on Friday February 10th thru Sunday February 12th.

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Fighting Tiger Men's Track & Field Opens Semester at Utica College Meet

In their first action coming off winter break, the SUNY Cobleskill men’s track & field team traveled to the Utica College Pioneer Invitational #3 hosted by the Pioneers at their Todd & Jenn Hutton Recreation Center on Saturday. The Fighting Tigers brought home a number of stellar efforts from the meet.

Freshman thrower Thomas Coene, Ontario, N.Y., Thomas Webster High School, was the team’s top finisher at the event meeting the New York State College Track Conference (NYSCTC) provisional qualifying standard in the 35 lbs. weight throw with a toss of 46’ 8 ¾” while fellow freshman jumper Jacob Darling Schenevus, N.Y., Schenevus High School, placed fifth in the high jump by clearing a mark of 5’10”.
Cobleskill sophomore multi-event athlete Zach Haskin, Warnerville, N.Y., Cobleskill-Richmondville High School, also brought home a top ten finish from the meet placing eighth overall in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 9.28 seconds.

The Fighting Tigers will next travel to Ithaca, N.Y. for the Ithaca Bomber Invitational and Multi-Events Meet to be hosted by the Bombers at their Glazer Arena on Saturday February 4th and Sunday February 5th.

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Schoharie Family Donates Little Red Hats to Area Hospitals for American Heart Month

Newborns throughout the Capital Region – and nationwide -- will

sport little red hats throughout February, which is American Heart Month, thanks to the

generosity of people who knit and crochet.


On Friday, Jan. 27, AT 10:30 a.m. at Camp Amedore in the Bernard & Millie Duker

Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, D-7, two Cardiac Kids – children born

with congenital heart defects – presented handmade hats to representatives from area

hospitals to share with the babies born in February.

From left, Everett Stewart, Theresa Stewart, Dr. Sulagna Mookherjee and Preston Stewart presented handmade red hats to area hospitals during a ceremony at Albany Medical Center on Friday, Jan. 27. Preston, of Schoharie, was born with four congenital heart defects and helped present the hats as part of the American Heart Association’s Little Hats Big Hearts program. More than 40 volunteers knitted or crocheted nearly 1,000 little red hats to donate to hospital nurseries for newborns to wear during February, American Heart Month. Photo courtesy of Albany Medical Center.


Ryan Galvin is 5, and the Heart Hero of the 2017 Capital Region Heart Run & Walk.

He was born with two congenital heart defects.


Preston Stewart is 3, was the Heart Hero of the 2013 North Country Heart Walk, and

was born with four congenital heart defects.


Ryan and Preston presented hats to representatives from local hospitals on Friday

morning. About 40 volunteers donated more than 1,000 hats to the American

Heart Association’s Little Hats Big Hearts program, which raises awareness about

congenital heart defects. 1 in 100 children are born with a congenital heart defect.

Preston’s grandmother Lynn Stewart was one of the women who knit the little red

hats, in Preston’s honor. Stewart was part of a group that gathered at The Spinning

Room in Altamont to make hats. Kathy Loegering, co-owner of The Spinning

Room, also made hats in honor of her grandson Luke, another child born with a

congenital heart defect.

Stewart and Loegering were present when Ryan and Preston donated the little

red hats to the hospitals.


“When my daughter sent me the information and the call to knit little red hats for the

AHA, I knew this was a charity knit I could get behind,” Loegering said. “Our

grandson Luke, born with congenital heart issues, is very dear to our family. When he

needed surgery as an infant, we were concerned and worried. Happily, he is thriving

as he continues to grow with his twin brother Ben. We are truly thankful for the

excellent care at Albany Medical Center and are honored to have participated in this

program with other knitters from the Spinning Room to make red hats to support heart

health.”


“When my mother-in- law told me she was knitting hats in Preston’s honor, I felt so

grateful for the support and help in raising awareness for congenital heart defects,”

said Theresa Stewart, Preston’s mother. “It’s also very touching to see how many

people made these hats to help honor children like Preston. Preston has faced

many challenges, and more lie ahead, but the support that we receive is overwhelming

and very much appreciated.”


“The Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center is proud to

work with the American Heart Association on its ‘Little Hats, Big Hearts’ campaign to

raise awareness about congenital heart defects,” said Michael J. Horgan, M.D.,

Head, Division of Neonatology at Albany Medical Center. “In recognition of

American Heart Month this February, our newborns wearing these little red hats will

serve as tiny reminders on the importance of heart health and preventing congenital

heart defects.”


“Ryan was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect even before he was born.

Through the research the American Heart Association has funded over the years,

Ryan's doctors have the expertise to have been able to provide an early diagnosis that

has helped Ryan to manage his congenital heart defect,” said Bill Galvin, Ryan’s

father. “His pediatric cardiologist continues to monitor him and address some issues

that have occurred. Ryan and his journey with CHD are why we raise awareness

about congenital heart defects. The Little Hats, Big Hearts program is one way the

Heart Association is bringing awareness of congenital heart defects to all parents right

in the hospital when babies are born. Today, we are honored to have Ryan present

theses red hats to the nurseries of local hospitals.”


The American Heart Association received nearly 1,000 hats from about 20 volunteers

this year. Some came with their own stories. Jane Hamilton Canale of Schenectady

made them in honor of her brother Bruce, a law enforcement officer from Washington

County, who died suddenly of a heart attack. A group called the Crochet Snobs

provided hats, as did a knitting group at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte CPAs, P.C.

Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Hospital, Bellevue Woman’s Hospital, Burdett Birth

Center, Columbia Memorial Health’s Birth Place, Saratoga Hospital and Adirondack

Health all received hats from Preston and Ryan today.


About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving

people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team

with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies,

and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-

based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization

dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division

of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800- AHA-USA1,

visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Albany Medical Center

Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one

of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 734-bed Albany

Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the

region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists

and other health care professionals, and includes a biomedical research enterprise and the

region’s largest physician practice with more than 450 doctors. Albany Medical Center works

with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For

more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.

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Women's College Basketball: SUNY Cobleskill Tops College of Saint Elizabeth 69-62

 The SUNY Cobleskill women’s basketball team posted a 69-62 decision over North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) rival The College of Saint Elizabeth on Saturday afternoon at the Iorio Gymnasium. With the victory the Fighting Tigers move to 10-7 overall with a 6-4 record in league action while the Eagles fall to 12-6 overall including a 10-3 conference mark.

In what could best be described as a physical affair the Fighting Tigers stood toe-to-toe with one of the biggest teams in the conference and won the battle of the board by a 46-43 margin and came out on top in the points scored in the paint category by a count of 26-to-24.

A number of players had impact on the outcome for the Orange & Black led by freshman Addy Lawson, Milford, N.Y., Milford High School, who had a team high 21 points to go with four rebounds and four assists, and senior forward Shelby Preston, Ravena, N.Y., Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, who had 18 points and nine rebounds. Senior forward Ashley Creighton, Niskayuna, N.Y., Catholic Central High School/Schenectady Community College, once again turned in a fine all-round effort with 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

The Fighting Tigers also received a pair of solid efforts off the bench as freshman guard Shaliyah Graham, Bronx, N.Y., Martin Luther King High School, had nine points and five rebounds while freshman forward Stacey Sprauge, Grand Gorge, N.Y., Roxbury High School, had nine points and a team high of 11 rebounds off the pines for the home team.

Cobleskill will return to the court on Sunday, January 29th, when they host the Wildcats of Penn College in NEAC play at the Iorio Gymnasium at 12:00 p.m.

FINAL BOX:

College of St. Elizabeth vs SUNY Cobleskill
01/28/17 1:00 P.M. at Iorio Gymnasium, Cobleskill, N.Y.
Newspaper Box Score
St. Elizabeth vs SUNY Cobleskill
01/28/17 1:00 P.M. at Iorio Gymnasium, Cobleskill, N.Y.
At Iorio Gymnasium, Cobleskill, N.Y.
SUNY COBLESKILL 69, ST. ELIZABETH 62
ST. ELIZABETH (12-6/10-3 NEAC)
Jasmine Poole 9-23 9-10 28; Deja Ingram 4-10 5-9 13; Rakiyah Sellers 2-8 1-2
6; Danesha Triplett 2-9 2-2 6; Damaris King 1-5 1-2 4; Donnae Days 1-2 1-4
3; Alivia Roseboro 1-2 0-4 2; Patricia Dennis 0-0 0-0 0; Dianne Nieves 0-0
0-0 0; Ashley Morera 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-59 19-33 62.
SUNY COBLESKILL (10-7/6-4  NEAC)
Addy Lawson 7-11 6-8 21; Shelby Preston 7-13 4-5 18; Ashley Creighton 3-5
3-7 12; Stacey Sprauge 2-7 5-6 9; Shaliyah Graham 3-14 2-4 9; Shiann Coons
0-2 0-0 0; Brianna Florian 0-3 0-0 0; Tracy Anderson 0-2 0-0 0; Jocelyn
Zaneski 0-0 0-0 0; Erica Cabrera 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-60 20-30 69.
St. Elizabeth.................   12   17   18   15  -   62
SUNY Cobleskill...............   21   18   16   14  -   69
3-point goals--St. Elizabeth 3-15 (Rakiyah Sellers 1-5; Damaris King 1-4;
Jasmine Poole 1-6), SUNY Cobleskill 5-13 (Ashley Creighton 3-5; Shaliyah
Graham 1-3; Addy Lawson 1-3; Shiann Coons 0-1; Erica Cabrera 0-1). Fouled
out--St. Elizabeth-Jasmine Poole, SUNY Cobleskill-Addy Lawson. Rebounds--St.
Elizabeth 43 (Deja Ingram 12), SUNY Cobleskill 46 (Stacey Sprauge 11).
Assists--St. Elizabeth 8 (Jasmine Poole 2; Alivia Roseboro 2), SUNY
Cobleskill 13 (Ashley Creighton 4; Addy Lawson 4). Total fouls--St.
Elizabeth 23, SUNY Cobleskill 26. Technical fouls--St. Elizabeth-Patricia
Dennis, SUNY Cobleskill-None. A-113

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College Men's Basketball: SUNY Cobleskill Loses to College of Saint Elizabeth 79-73

The SUNY Cobleskill men’s basketball team once again saw a promising first half fall by the wayside as the host Fighting Tigers dropped a 79-73 decision to North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) rival The College of Saint Elizabeth on Saturday afternoon. With the loss the Fighting Tigers move to 2-14 overall on the season with a 2-7 record in league action while the Eagles improve to 7-10 overall including a 6-7 conference mark.

After  battling to a 32-32 tie at the break the Fighting Tigers once again struggled inside the paint as the Eagles 34-26 advantage  turned out to be the game deciding category in a hard fought contest.
Senior guard Quincey Miller, Brooklyn, N.Y., Lafayette High School/Potomac State College, came off the bench to lead the Orange & Black with 19 points, seven rebounds and five steals while senior swingman Joel Costello, Middleburgh, N.Y., Middleburgh High School/Tompkins-Cortland Community College, posted his third double/double of the year with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The home team also received contributions from senior guard Brian Jackson, Bronx, N.Y., Global Enterprise Academy, had 16 points and seven rebounds and from sophomore guard Kahleel Taylor, Bronx, N.Y., St. Raymond’s High School, who came off the bench to score 14 points and grab three rebounds.
Cobleskill will return to the court on Sunday, January 29th, when they host the Wildcats of Penn College in NEAC play at the Iorio Gymnasium at 2:00 p.m.

FINAL BOX:
College of St. Elizabeth vs SUNY Cobleskill
01/28/17 3:00 P.M. at Iorio Gymnasium, Cobleskill, N.Y.
Newspaper Box Score
St. Elizabeth vs SUNY Cobleskill
01/28/17 3:00 P.M. at Iorio Gymnasium, Cobleskill, N.Y.
At Iorio Gymnasium, Cobleskill, N.Y.
ST. ELIZABETH 79, SUNY COBLESKILL 73
ST. ELIZABETH (7-10/6-7 NEAC)
Jason Saldiveri 8-12 10-13 28; Devon Tuten 6-13 1-2 14; Cameron Tucker 3-10
2-2 10; Michael Manso 3-5 2-2 9; Roy Bond 3-7 1-1 7; Marlon Hart 3-10 1-1 7;
Gabriel Valerio 1-3 0-2 2; Darius Richards 0-0 2-2 2; Timothy Cook 0-0 0-0
0; Xzander Martinez 0-1 0-0 0; Jordan Wilson 0-0 0-0 0; Shaquan Mickens 0-4
0-0 0. Totals 27-65 19-25 79.
SUNY COBLESKILL (2-14/2-8 NEAC)
Quincey Miller 6-12 5-6 19; Brian Jackson 5-17 6-8 16; Kahleel Taylor 6-11
1-2 14; Joel Costello 5-12 0-0 11; Malik Chambers 1-4 2-4 5; Christian
Cooper 1-4 1-2 3; Shaquill Anthony 1-1 0-0 2; Miguel De La Cruz 1-1 0-0 2;
Roger Harris 0-2 1-4 1; Islam Mustafa 0-1 0-0 0; Sammy Bovalino 0-0 0-0 0;
Kahlil Wilson 0-0 0-0 0; Kevin Johnston 0-0 0-0 0; Devin Boyle 0-2 0-0 0;
Connor McCarthy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-67 16-26 73.
St. Elizabeth.................   32   47  -   79
SUNY Cobleskill...............   32   41  -   73
3-point goals--St. Elizabeth 6-22 (Cameron Tucker 2-7; Jason Saldiveri 2-3;
Michael Manso 1-3; Devon Tuten 1-3; Shaquan Mickens 0-2; Marlon Hart 0-4),
SUNY Cobleskill 5-23 (Quincey Miller 2-5; Joel Costello 1-4; Kahleel Taylor
1-3; Malik Chambers 1-2; Islam Mustafa 0-1; Devin Boyle 0-1; Brian Jackson
0-7). Fouled out--St. Elizabeth-Marlon Hart, SUNY Cobleskill-None.
Rebounds--St. Elizabeth 45 (Marlon Hart 7), SUNY Cobleskill 44 (Joel
Costello 11). Assists--St. Elizabeth 14 (Marlon Hart 4; Cameron Tucker 4),
SUNY Cobleskill 9 (Kahleel Taylor 2; Brian Jackson 2). Total fouls--St.
Elizabeth 24, SUNY Cobleskill 22. Technical fouls--St. Elizabeth-None, SUNY
Cobleskill-None. A-136



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SUNY Cobleskill Track and Field Competes at Utica Meet

 In their second semester opening event, the SUNY Cobleskill women’s track & field team made their way to the Utica College Pioneer Invitational #3 hosted by the Pioneers at their Todd & Jenn Hutton Recreation Center on Saturday. The Fighting Tigers brought home several solid efforts from the non-scoring qualifying event.

Sophomore Kristina Langston, Cornwall, N.Y., Cornwall High School, led the way for the Orange & Black placing sixth overall in the 500-meter dash in a time of 1:29.39 while sophomore jumper Ashley Kent, Cazenovia, N.Y., Cazenovia High School, brought home a ninth place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 10.64 seconds from the meet.

Cobleskill will next travel to Ithaca, N.Y. for the Ithaca Bomber Invitational and Multi-Events Meet to be hosted by the Bombers at their Glazer Arena on Saturday February 4th and Sunday February 5th.

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Volunteer as a Fresh Air Host Family

Written By Editor on 1/26/17 | 1/26/17

Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies and swimming for the first time. This summer, join volunteer host families in the Northern Catskills Region, and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child. Each summer, thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities visit suburban, rural and small town communities along the East Coast and Southern Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program.

Harlen, age 9, has visited the Tornatore family for two summers. Host dad Albert shared, “Harlen has definitely learned to try new things. I remember our first summer. He was nervous but by the end of the first week, Harlen and my son were having adventures and having so much fun. We went to the aquarium, amusement park, and the kids love the beach.”

"My kids get so excited when they get to see Harlen. This summer we went to a drive-in movie, and we were all in the backseat with blankets, pillows and popcorn, snuggled together. Harlen is simply part of our family,” says host mom Allyson.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips.

For more information about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Mike Braun at 754-264-2136 or visit www.freshair.org.

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Portion of Route 145 Near Cobleskill Reduced to One Lane Alternating Travel

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced that State Route 145 northbound and southbound will be reduced to one lane between the village of Cobleskill and the hamlet of Lawyersville, Schoharie County due to safety concerns related to a culvert.

Alternating traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.

The culvert is scheduled to be replaced this year.

Motorists are advised to be alert for slow moving traffic and sudden stops.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for work zone infractions.  In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of the driver’s license.

For up-to-date travel information, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org.  Follow New York State DOT on Twitter: @NYSDOT and NYSDOTBGM.

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Wayne Bank’s Andes Community Office Organizes “Artisans For Ava”

Andes, NY – The staff at the Andes Community Office of Wayne Bank will host an event called “Artisans for Ava” on Saturday, February 25th from 2-5 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Delhi.

This event will include a silent auction of pieces donated from local artists, craftsman, and merchants in addition to appetizers passed by members of Girl Scout Troop #285. All proceeds from the event will benefit local Delaware Academy student, Ava Sprague, who was diagnosed with cancer at the end of last year.

Wayne Bank’s Andes Community Office Manager, Michele Bailey, came up with the idea for “Artisans for Ava” and has been planning the event with the help of her staff including Branch Specialist, Andrea Bartow, Teller/CSR, Ellen Brisbane, and Teller/CSR, Jennifer Troost.

“This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, as Ava is one of my daughter, Bailey’s, best friends.” explains Ms. Bailey. “Ava is a smart, sweet, and talented young woman and she means so much to Bailey and me. It has been amazing to see our local community rallying to help Ava and her family, and it inspired me to do something more. I hope that everyone will come out on February 25th to support ‘Artisans For Ava’ so that we can work together to help this wonderful young woman. I’m so grateful to my incredible staff, Girl Scout Troop #285, all of the local artisans who have donated their work, and everyone who has been involved with this event.”

For more information or to donate artwork, please contact Michele Bailey at 845-676-3115 or michele.bailey@waynebank.com.

Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Bank has 27 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Lackawanna Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware and Sullivan Counties in New York State. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL.

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Two Arrested for Harassment

Written By Editor on 1/25/17 | 1/25/17

Shalamar C. Whitbeck, 33 and Angela E. Sargent, 40, both of Stamford, were each charged Jan. 18 with one misdemeanor count of first degree harassment. Deputies allege the defendants engaged in an ongoing course of conduct which did place another person in reasonable fear of physical injury. Whitbeck and Sargent were arraigned in Stamford Town Court and were both were remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

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Stamford Woman Arrested for Harassment and Trespass

Caroline J. Natoli, 29, of Stamford, was arrested Jan. 18 on charges of second degree harassment and second degree criminal trespass. Deputies allege the defendant intentionally caused another person unwanted physical contact while actively trespassing within that same person’s dwelling. Natoli was later arraigned in Stamford Town Court where she was remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

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Lopez and Amedore Unveil "Wayne C. Speenburgh Memorial Highway"

Senator George Amedore and Assemblyman Peter Lopez today announced the ceremonial dedication of the “Wayne C. Speenburgh Memorial Highway” in Greene County. Legislation designating the highway was sponsored by Senator Amedore and Assemblyman Lopez, and signed into law by Governor Cuomo last year.

Wayne Speenburgh passed away in September 2015 after a long illness. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War and worked as the Postmaster of the Coxsackie Post Office for 30 years. He was first elected to the County Legislature in 2004 and was elected Chairman in 2007, a position he held until his illness forced him to step down in 2014.

The New York State Department of Transportation installed two signs designating the roadway. The memorial begins at the intersection of Route 23 and Old Road in the Town of Windham, and runs west to the intersection of Route 23 and North Settlement Road in the Town of Ashland.

Senator Amedore and Assemblyman Lopez unveiled the signs today at a ceremony attended by Wayne’s wife Deborah Speenburgh, friends and loved ones, and members of the County Legislature.

"Wayne Speenburgh loved his community, and he loved public service,” said Senator George Amedore. “He was a giant in Greene County, and he touched the lives of so many as he worked to improve the quality of life in our communities. I was proud to know him and call him a friend, and I am so honored to stand here today with Deb, and all those who knew and loved Wayne to dedicate this highway in his honor. I can think of no better way to pay tribute to a great man and recognize all he did for Greene County.”

“Wayne was a passionate man who led by example,” said Assemblyman Lopez (R,C,I,Ref-Schoharie). “He was a fierce defender and protector of his constituents and I am very proud of his roots in Greene County. We chose this stretch of highway because of Wayne’s childhood ties to the mountaintop and for the many miles he traveled to assist the victims of hurricane’s Irene and Lee. We are all so thankful for his service and the privilege of calling him a friend.”

In addition to his public service, Wayne Speenburgh was involved in the community in many other capacities, including as a member of the VFW and the American Legion of Catskill and Coxsackie, as a coach for several sports leagues, and head of the Coxsackie Community Playground and the Coxsackie Food Pantry.

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Wayne Bank Offers Five IRA Retirement Tips

Honesdale, PA – One of the greatest challenges in today’s world is planning for a financially secure retirement.  With uncertainty over Social Security at an all-time high, Americans are starting to rely more heavily on their own resources to support their retirement plans.  Whether you are just starting to save, wondering if you have enough saved, or not sure where to begin, thinking about retirement can be daunting.  Fortunately, there are now many secure and reliable choices for retirement savings, including Individual Retirement Accounts, or IRAs.

 “IRAs are an easy and secure way to save for retirement on your own,” explains Wayne Bank’s Deposit Operations Officer, Kristine Malti.  “A bonus is that IRAs also earn interest and compound the value of your savings, which means that the value of your IRA will increase well beyond the amount you initially deposited.”  

Wayne Bank offers the following five tips for those looking to save for retirement through an IRA.

 Explore Your Options

Look at both Traditional and Roth IRAs to find the best tax savings for you.  Consider deferring taxes now with a Traditional IRA while you’re working, or pay taxes now and withdraw tax-free funds from your Roth IRA after you retire.  

Contribute The Maximum Amount

If you are able to, always contribute the maximum allowed amount to your IRA every year.  Check federal guidelines for the IRA maximum deposit limits in 2017.
Designate Beneficiaries

Make sure you have clearly named beneficiaries for your IRAs.  Your beneficiary designation determines how your IRA assets will be distributed should you pass away.  Naming a beneficiary will help alleviate the risk of leaving your IRA to unintended parties.
  
Keep Your Savings

There are rules for withdrawing funds early from an IRA account, and possibly penalties.  However, this can be a good motivator for maintaining your savings discipline and keeping you on track to achieve your retirement goals.

Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something or are not receiving the answer you are looking for.  Contact a financial professional to help you sort through your options.
           Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.  The Bank has 27 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Lackawanna Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware and Sullivan Counties in New York State.  The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL.

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Thomas Cole Site Announces Re-Opening with a New Immersive Installation

Catskill, NY – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today the re-opening in May 2017 of the artist’s home with a new immersive installation that combines technology and meticulous historic restoration, featuring the earliest-known, interior decorative painting by an American artist. Through hidden audio and moving-graphics presentations, visitors will be able to hear the thoughts of Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and the historic conversations that took place in the parlors of his 1815 home, where America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School of painting, was founded.

The carefully researched restoration has transformed the first floor of Cole’s home to his original design, as visitors in his day would have experienced it. It extends from carpets and other floor coverings to wall colors to newly uncovered, elaborately painted borders in both parlors. Those painted borders were designed and painted by Cole himself – revealing another “first” in American art history – and had been hidden for more than a century under layer upon layer of modern paint.

The restoration is combined with the latest techniques in immersive storytelling developed in partnership with some of the leading experts in the nation. The multimedia installation will be the first of its kind in the restored rooms of an historic home and will feature the artist’s own words and artworks. Instead of viewing period rooms from behind velvet ropes, visitors will enter the rooms and participate in the events that took place there.

Over a decade in the making, the installation is informed by research conducted by the Cole site staff with distinguished art historians and other experts. They include Elizabeth Kornhauser, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Nancy Siegel, author, curator and professor of American art; and Alan Wallach, considered the foremost Cole scholar in the world. The restoration has been directed by leading historic interiors experts Jean Dunbar and Carrie Feder and implemented by historic paint specialist Matthew Mosca and acclaimed conservator Margaret Saliske. The multimedia installation, including the audio and moving graphics, has been designed and implemented by the nationally renowned design firm Second Story with the acclaimed theater director Warner Shook, also a Cole Site trustee.

“This re-opening positions the Thomas Cole Site at the forefront of 21st-century presentations of historic properties,” said Elizabeth B. Jacks, Executive Director of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. “It combines meticulous scholarship with immersive storytelling to bring history to life for contemporary audiences.”

The installation has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. It was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services MA-10-15-0116-15. The project is supported by a grant from Empire State Development’s Market NY program, and was recently announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo in the latest round of Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) awards. The project is also sponsored in part by Hudson River Valley Greenway. The historic paint finishes are sponsored by Herzog’s of Kingston. Eli Wilner & Company of New York City is a historic framing sponsor of the installation and the art printing sponsor is Geoff Howell Studio.

The installation will dramatically enhance the experience of visiting Cole’s Main House and will augment the other offerings at the Site. They include Cole’s 1839 “Old Studio” building and his majestic 1846 “New Studio” building, which was recently reconstructed, and related displays of Cole’s art and that of his many followers who comprise the art movement now known as the Hudson River School.

The Thomas Cole Site also provides a starting point for the innovative walking-and-driving experience called the Hudson River School Art Trail (www.hudsonriverschool.org), which reveals nearby settings in the Hudson Valley where visitors can experience the same views that appear in 19th-century paintings by Cole and other Hudson River School artists.

Additionally, the State of New York recently approved funding for “Skywalk”, an enhanced pedestrian walkway on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge that will soon connect the Site with the Bridge, enabling visitors to walk directly from the Cole Site and across the Hudson River. A second phase of the “Skywalk” will connect the Cole Site with the Olana State Historic Site, home of Cole’s most famous student, Frederic Church. The “Skywalk” funding was also part of the latest round of New York State’s REDC awards.

About the Thomas Cole National Historic Site
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation's first major art movement.  Located on 6 acres in the Hudson Valley, the site includes the 1815 Main House, 1839 Old Studio, the newly reconstructed 1846 New Studio, and several other buildings. It is a National Historic Landmark and an affiliated area of the National Park System. Following a restoration of the Main House, the Cole Site opened to the public in 2001. The site’s activities include guided tours, exhibitions, printed publications, extensive online programs, activities for school groups, free community events, lectures, and innovative public programs such as the Hudson River School Art Trail—a map and website that enables visitors to see the nearby views that Cole painted. Each year, the Cole Site organizes a loan exhibition of Hudson River School paintings, providing a first-hand experience with the art movement that Cole founded. The goal of all programs at the Cole Site is to enable visitors to find meaning and inspiration in Thomas Cole’s life and work. The themes that Cole explored in his art and writings—such as landscape preservation and our conception of nature as a restorative power—are both historic and timely, providing the opportunity to connect to audiences with insights that are highly relevant to their own lives.

Visit the Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Thomas Cole’s home, studios, special exhibitions, and grounds are open May – October, Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. For details, visit: www.thomascole.org.

National Endowment for the Humanities Policy Statement
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this press release, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Sciences is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission has been to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. For the past 20 years, our grant making, policy development, and research has helped libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
     

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Employee Arrested for Stealing from Employer

Written By Editor on 1/24/17 | 1/24/17

Kimberly Ross, 34, of Roscoe, was arrested Jan. 24 upon her voluntary surrender on an arrest warrant issued by Hancock Town Court Justice DeRosia for petit larceny, a class “A” misdemeanor, and first degree falsifying business records, a class “E” felony.

Ross is accused of stealing cash from her employer, Verona Oil Company, while employed as a manager at the Horton Country Store located on County Highway 17 and falsifying records maintained by the business to conceal her theft of cash.  Ross is accused of falsely reporting the receipt of returnable cans and bottles to cover the amount of money she had taken from the business.

She was arraigned in Cooks Falls Court by Judge DeRosia and was released on her own recognize to reappear in that court on Jan. 25.

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Rabies Clinic in Richmondville Saturday

Written By Editor on 1/23/17 | 1/23/17

Saturday, January 28th from 1-3 pm at Richmondville Volunteer Emergency Squad (RVES), 388 Main St, Richmondville.  Pre-Register online to save time! www.health.ny.gov/gotoclinic/48.

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Local Woman Assaulted at Cobleskill "March for Women"

UPDATE: The Cobleskill Police Department has announced the following: "Today, we received 2 complaints about this incident. Only 1 victim wished to pursue criminal action. We took immediate action and the man, Paul Jump, age 52, of Cobleskill was charged this afternoon with Harassment in the Second Degree. He is due in court February 14th, 2017 at 5:00 pm." The original story is below.

By Timothy Knight
Photo Credit: Cobleskill Police Department

Joining nationwide protests against newly inaugurated President Donald Trump's day-old administration on Saturday afternoon, over three hundred Schoharie County residents are estimated to have taken part in a peaceful "March for Women" event held at Cobleskill's Veterans' Memorial Centre Park. 

Attracting millions of supporters from across the United States in protests held in over 600 cities, the origins for the march can be traced to a Facebook status that grew into a movement of its own. Although Saturday's protest in Cobleskill was mostly peaceable and orderly, not everyone behaved in the same respectful fashion.

According to photographic and video footage shared with The Mountain Eagle, one man repeatedly assaulted a protester at Saturday's event - both verbally and physically - prompting the victim to contact local police, although she did not file a report for fear of having her name associated with the case by pressing charges.

The video, which was posted on Facebook, shows protesters assembling on the corner of Division and Main Street in the Village of Cobleskill, when a middle-aged caucasian male walked through the crowd shouting, "You're clogging up the sidewalk, get the f*** out of the way."

Footage shows the man making his way through the crowd in the direction of Centre Park, away from the marchers and seemingly concluding the brief incident. 

However, just seven minutes later as protesters were lining up on the sidewalk to march over to the park, the same man made his way through the crowd again and nearly pushed a woman to the ground. 

The woman, who does not wish to be identified, can be heard saying, "Oh my God, my knees are bad," as the man charged through the crowd, pushing other women along the way. 

Despite the man's offensive behavior, proceedings continued in a respectful and festive manner throughout the remainder of the event. 

Village of Cobleskill Police Chief Rich Bialkowski posted on the department's Facebook page that extra officers were placed on duty Saturday to ensure the marchers were able to exercise their 1st Amendment rights in a peaceful and safe manner. 

The man's identity has been uncovered, as the result of a tip sent to The Mountain Eagle, but will not be released at this time.

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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

At 7:53 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Jason D. Shorb, 38, of Cobleskill, NY, for Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Identity Theft 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information 3rd, Scheme to Defraud 2nd, 2 counts of Money Laundering 4th , and 2 counts for Criminal Impersonation 2nd.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $2500 Bail / $5000 Bond.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on January 24th at 5:00 p.m.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

At 7:04 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Jennifer M. Loeber, 33, of Cobleskill, NY, for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd.  She was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and released.  She is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on February 28th at 5:00 p.m.

At 10:04 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Kenneth J. Wilkie, 30, of Middleburgh, NY, for DWI and other vehicle and traffic tickets.  He was released and is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on February 14th at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

At 11:09 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Dillon Horn, 24, of  Cobleskill, NY, on a Warrant for Harassment 2nd.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on January 24th at 5:00 p.m.

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